American Homefront Project

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The American Homefront Project is reporting on military life and veterans issues. We're visiting bases to chronicle how American troops are working and living. We're meeting military families. We're talking with veterans -- in their homes, on their jobs, at school, at VA hospitals -- to learn about the challenges they face.

Support for the American Homefront Project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as part of CPB's ongoing effort to expand coverage of local, regional, and national issues. Additional support comes from our partner public radio stations -- North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC, Texas Public Radio, KPBS-San Diego, KCUR-Kansas City, and WSHU-Fairfield, Conn.


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In commemoration of Veteran’s Day, the American Homefront Project collaborated with the PBS documentary series "American Veteran" to profile men and women who have served in the U.S. military.


Caption: Faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill undergo training March 13 to teach their classes online. The university is one of many that have discontinued in-person classes., Credit: Jon Gardiner / UNC-Chapel Hill
The VA informed student veterans they may become ineligible for GI Bill education and housing funds if their college transitions from in-person to ...

Bought by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, WOUB, KPBS, WUSF, Texas Public Radio and more

  • Added: Mar 19, 2020
  • Length: 03:21
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: National Guard Specialist Joshua Smoak, a camera operator, sits inside a Mobile Video Surveillance System Truck in Rio Grande City, Texas., Credit:  DeJon WIlliams / Texas Air National Guard
For military personnel at the U.S.-Mexico border, including National Guard troops, it's an unusual assignment. Many are quartered in hotels, and th...

Bought by WUSF, KRZA, and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: Mar 09, 2020
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Michael Rodriguez, left foreground, president of a group that wants to build a 'Global War on Terrorism' memorial, shows the proposed site to several supporters after a Nov. 2019 sunrise run on the National Mall., Credit: Caitlin Kim / Colorado Public Radio
Normally, Congress waits at least ten years after a war ends to authorize a monument. But supporters say a proposed "Global War on Terrorism" memor...

Bought by Texas Public Radio, WUSF, and KPCC

  • Added: Mar 03, 2020
  • Length: 03:42
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Veterans Jim Romero (left) and Ronnie Reyes practice yoga as part of their treatment at the VA Southern Nevada Health Care Center in Las Vegas. The newly opened center is the second inpatient gambling treatment facility in the VA system., Credit: Steve Walsh/American Homefront
The Las Vegas center is the VA's second inpatient treatment facility for veterans, who are at higher risk of gambling addiction.

Bought by Texas Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, WUSF, and WOUB

  • Added: Feb 25, 2020
  • Length: 03:52
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Gene Popiolek, 68, (left) visits his father Bernie, 95, at an assisted living facility outside Baltimore. Bernie, a WWII veteran, pays to live here with help from the VA's Aid and Attendance benefit., Credit: Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront
The VA Aid and Attendance benefit can help some vets and spouses pay for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health care. But the a...

Bought by KPBS, KPCC, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Drs. Andrew Borkowski (left) and Stephen Mastorides analyze slides under a microscope to spot cancer in tissue samples. They trained a computer to do the same thing., Credit: Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront
Researchers at the Tampa veterans' hospital are training computers to diagnose cancer. It's one example of how the Department of Veterans Affairs i...

Bought by KPBS, WOUB, Texas Public Radio, KPCC, and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 03:16
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Robert Hernandez (left) poses with Joe Augirre, as Augirre holds an award for fixing another veteran's mobile home. , Credit: Alyssa Jeong-Perry / American Homefront
The peer-counseling programs, which have become common in many cities, may improve mental health, self esteem, and social functioning for veterans ...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KPBS, WUSF, WOUB, Texas Public Radio and more

  • Added: Feb 04, 2020
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Seojun Lee stands outside an Army recruiting station near Phoenix. Lee signed up for the Army more than four years ago, but hasn't been allowed to serve., Credit: Josie Huang / American Homefront
The MAVNI program allowed non-U.S. citizens to enlist in the armed services if they had foreign language skills or other special expertise. But the...

Bought by KPBS, Texas Public Radio, KRZA, WUSF, Colorado Public Radio and more

  • Added: Jan 27, 2020
  • Length: 03:42
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: American soldiers from the Wisconsin National Guard play blues songs for a contingent of soldiers from Poland and Lithuania who are also helping train Ukraine's military., Credit: Levi Bridges / American Homefront
While the impeachment case centers on President Trump's handling of military aid to Ukraine, U.S. troops deployed in Ukraine say their mission hasn...

Bought by WUSF, KRZA, North Country Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, KPBS and more

  • Added: Jan 16, 2020
  • Length: 03:49
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Recruit Crystal Townsend, 35, said the Army provided a more diverse range of career options than other military branches. She hopes to go into military intelligence., Credit: Dan Boyce / American Homefront
The campaign, which launched in November, emphasizes Army careers in technology, medicine, and other non-combat jobs.

Bought by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, KPBS, WUSF, Texas Public Radio, and KPCC

  • Added: Jan 13, 2020
  • Length: 03:42
  • Purchases: 5